Bunny the Pit Bull Gets to Go Home

7 Sep

Imagine a pit bull named “Bunny”! Last summer the Pittsburgh Zoo’s female African Painted dog gave birth but died soon after from several stressors, common in captive wild animals; the Zoo called the Western PA Humane Society to see if a wet nurse was available, and another dog was called, but sweet Bunny stayed behind… and nursed that dog’s puppies. Now Bunny finally gets to go home.


2 Responses to “Bunny the Pit Bull Gets to Go Home”

  1. animalartist September 8, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Connie–thanks for the information! I had wanted to post something about both the African Painted mom and the dog who fostered, but couldn’t find any articles to link. The intentionally vague info I published I learned in part from a video interview about the puppies on the PG website; maternal death with first births, especially for any animal in captivity, seems to be common enough that various nannies are often needed. And yes, Bunny stayed behind and nursed Honey’s pups–I got to meet Bunny at Taste of Station Square this year. Is there any article on the zoo sites that talks about the puppies? I think it’s fascinating, and I like to link to articles about what’s happening at the zoo and aquarium, just to help get the news out there. The blog is wonderful, and I’ve posted articles about Rocky and about the sea turtle rescue.

  2. Connie George September 8, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Hi, I’m glad Bunny, the pit bull, found a home. It is very sad how many pit bulls are abandoned. I just wanted to let you know that the mom that nursed the African Painted Dog pups name is Honey. She is a black laborador mix. It is not the same dog. Honey found a home too, with a Zoo volunteer. We often see pictures of her and sometimes she visits.

    I also wanted to let you know that the painted dog mom that passed away, did so because she retained a pup in her uterus and it ruptured. Painted dogs are critically endangered in the wild, with only 3,000 remaining. A ruptured uterus is not necessarily common in captivity and we don’t know, since there have been no studies done, if it happens in the wild. But it seems like common sense that it would. Did you know that painted dogs chirp like birds, they don’t bark? They also communicate by biting each other and jumping all over each other.

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